Endodontics [Pronounced en-doh-don-tiks]

The Root Canal” - Definition and some Trivia

Endodontics - commonly known as a root canal - comes from the Greek words eno meaning "within" an odous meaning "tooth." It’s a procedure that treats an infection inside the tooth. It’s caused from bacteria entering your tooth (see diagram), through a deep cavity, a cracked filling or an injury to the face. The tooth nerve and pulp, (the soft area of the tooth) will eventually become irritated, inflamed, and infected. The procedure is relatively simple and rarely painful (as its reputation would have you believe). It can save your natural tooth and avoid the need of dental implants or bridges. It involves three main steps:
tooth  Emergency Services tooth Treating the infection – typically with antibiotics
tooth  Emergency Services tooth Cleaning the area inside the tooth to protect it from subsequent infection
tooth  Emergency Services tooth Putting crown over the tooth

Having a root canal done when you need one is important. By keeping your natural tooth, you’ll prevent your other teeth from shifting an losing their alignment, becoming misaligned and/or causing potential jaw problems.

How The Procedure Is Done

35Root canal treatment involves removing the infected pulp from the tooth. The space under you’re the tooth’s hard surface is called the canal. The procedure consists of (1) Making a small opening in the tooth, under local anesthesia, to access the canal and the infected pulp (2) The pulp is removed; (3) The canal then cleaned; disinfected; filled and sealed (4) The final step is a restoration such as a crown that covers and protects the tooth.